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Interview #912: Setterholm, Vance C. (June, 2009)

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00:11:20 - 00:13:07 First Impression

first impression, University of Minnesota, FPL, Swedish Forest Products Laboratory

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00:11:20

BW

So, when you started working the Forest Products Labs, do you have any specific memories of those first days or any stories that you'd like to share?

VS

Indeed. The first thing I remembered was that everything I learned, the most important feeling I had was, I was trying to learn as much as I could in order to be an effective employee. And I recall how I looked back at my training at the University of Minnesota and it seems that everything I had learned was useful and I wished I had more tools at my disposal. So I was constantly studying and reviewing what was going on. I get the feeling, when I was at the University of Minnesota, that the Forest Products Laboratory was sort of a Mecca for scientists interested in wood and paper. And I still think that's true. Later I came to see that there were other institutions, like the Swedish Forest Products Laboratory and the British, but it was really marvelous to meet and work with the people at Forest Products Laboratory.

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